Second Saturday at the ArtSpace

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Article Published: Jun. 12 | Modified: Jun. 15
Second Saturday at the ArtSpace

'Geometry Lesson' by Marion Cloaninger

This Saturday is Second Saturday for the Watauga County Arts Council, which can mean only one thing: Arts Celebration.

The WCAC will host the celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its headquarters, the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, located at 377 Shadowline Drive in Boone.

The fun starts in the Main Gallery, with “Petal Pushers,” a revival of one of the WCAC’s most popular exhibitions. According to WCAC executive director Cherry Johnson, the show is “a celebration of all things floral” and “a lighthearted celebration of the many blooms, which are finally emerging in our gardens.”

Artists were invited to submit artwork in any medium, provided it has a floral theme.

As a result, Johnson said, the exhibition includes a bas-relief wood carving by Wayne Allen, an assortment of paintings and drawings in a wide variety of mediums, baskets by Pat Moritz, pressed flowers by Shirley MacNulty and a fused glass pendant by Theresa McGrath.

The works will be judged, and the following prizes will be awarded at Saturday evening’s event, including Most Creative, Most Colorful, Most Unique, Most Fun and Best in Show.

Participating artists include Margie Bennett, Sandra Smack, Judy Clarke, Chris Cole, Chloe Coleman, Sally Anderson, JoAnn Pippin, Judith Reese, Vangie Platt, Barbara Hinkle, Wendy Hayek, Micki Stein, Bob Stein, Elaine Ellington, Kay Morrow, Marsha Holmes, Marion Cloaninger, Pegge Laine, Steve Newhouse, Theresa McGrath, Shirley MacNulty, Sondra Edwards, Wayne Allen, Lois Sessoms, Francine Barr and Pat Moritz.

The Open Door Gallery will host Marion Cloaninger, who is sharing her “Abstract Obsession” with a collection of 18 of her newest works.

“While Marion has a full-time career in the medical profession, she has still managed to be a very productive artist for quite a few years,” Johnson said. “In fact, her resume is most impressive with a string of exhibitions scattered across the High Country and also extending to include several benefit exhibitions as far away as New York City.”

Although primarily a self-taught artist, Cloaninger has nevertheless taken numerous classes to develop and polish her own skills. She has also taught collage and marbling classes for nearly 10 years and has received numerous awards for her work during those same years.

“There is nothing more enjoyable than the creative process,” Cloaninger said. “Your mind is in a different place, leaving behind all worries and concept of time. Spirals, circles, abstract designs, textures and figures have always intrigued me. I employ use of bright colors and elements of collage to bring excitement to a work of art. Exploring mixed media and beautiful colors is comparable to indulging in good dark chocolate.”

In the Serendipity Gallery, visitors can “Be Still,” which is the name given to this month’s eclectic collection of floral and still life works created by the Serendipitous artists taught by Marsha Holmes. Artists whose work are included in this show are Vangie Platt, Linda Norman, Judy Clarke, Lois Norris, Beverly Stahl, Sondra Edwards, Judy Wright, Helen Carroll, Sue Lundgren, Ann Gonzalez, Barbara Hinkle, Kathy Copley, William Bass, Sandra Smack, Kit Fisher, Jean Stillwell and Nancy Howard.

The Tarheel Footprints Children’s Gallery is giving the “young at art artists” a chance to develop their own “Petal Pusher” creations, Johnson said.

“With an assortment of materials available, we are expecting an emerging garden, which will complement the exhibitions in the surrounding galleries,” she said. “We are encouraging young artists to bring along their families and make it a joint effort and then display the results in the Children’s Gallery for the remainder of the exhibition period, after which you are encouraged to come pick up your artwork and take it home to enjoy.”

All of the galleries are sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.

In addition to gallery exhibitions, the ArtSpace’s five colorful classrooms will be brimming with creative energy, Johnson said, with each featuring a new arts adventure. Among the featured artists this month are Chris Cole, who will be demonstrating techniques of oil painting; David Smith, who will be playing classical guitar; Shirley MacNulty, who will be demonstrating the art of pressed flower compositions; and Mary Karam, who will be demonstrating painting techniques.

There will also be plenty of shopping in the gift shop, along with light refreshments. All WCAC members are treated to a 10-percent discount while shopping at the WCAC Gift Shop during the Second Saturday weekend (Friday and Saturday).

For more information on the WCAC and Blue Ridge ArtSpace, call (828) 264-1789, or visit

Additional Images

'Geometry Lesson' by Marion Cloaninger

'Summer Garden in the Blue Ridge' by Judith Reese

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